Toreador: Prometeu Drills Dry Hole
Toreador Resources Corp. on Thursday issued an operational update on its joint venture with TPAO (the Turkish national oil company) and Stratic Energy Corporation (Stratic) in the South Akcakoca Sub-basin (SASB) project, located offshore Turkey in the Black Sea.
In the SASB project, the "Prometeu" jack-up rig recently completed drilling the Kuzey Akkaya-1 well and has been moved to commence installation of the Akkaya production tripod. The Kuzey Akkaya-1 well, which was located on a small stratigraphic prospect to the north of the Akkaya discovery, found well-developed sands in the target Kusuri formation but did not encounter any hydrocarbons.
After completing the installation of the tripod at the Akkaya location, the Prometheus will drill one more development well on the Dogu Ayazli structure and will then install and tie back two additional production tripods on the Dogu Ayazli and Ayazli structures. The "Saturn" jack-up rig, which was previously on the Akkaya location, has been released after completing its drilling program and is being deployed to work for another operator in the Black Sea.
Current development plans for the SASB project call for eight wells to go on production in the first phase of development. The eight wells include two wells on the Ayazli structure, three wells on the Dogu Ayazli structure, and three wells on the Akkaya structure. Successful wells drilled in the Ayazli and Bayhanli structures will be tied into the production system at a later date. First production is expected in the fourth quarter of this year at an initial rate of 60 to 70 million cubic feet of gas per day.
Upon completion of the SASB work program described above, the Prometheus will move to the TPAO-operated sector of the joint venture area that is located to the northeast of the SASB project and drill up to three exploration wells. A high-resolution 2-D seismic survey was conducted in late 2005 and early 2006 to delineate the prospects in this acreage. Toreador and Stratic hold the same working interest in the TPAO-operated exploration acreage as they do in the SASB project area, 36.75% and 12.25% respectively. It is anticipated that drilling will start in the fourth quarter of this year.
In the acreage to the west of the SASB project, a 2-D seismic survey is planned to determine if the trend of gas-bearing sands found in the project area extends onto the adjoining acreage. Data acquisition is anticipated to start before the end of the year. Approximately one and one-half blocks that lie to the west of the SASB are included the joint venture exploration permit area.
The "Southern Cross" semi-submersible rig, which is currently drilling in the Mediterranean, is expected to commence operations in the SASB by mid-October, depending on when its current operator releases it. The rig will drill up to three wells on the Akcakoca trend in the SASB project area, including a well that will twin the Akcakoca gas discovery drilled in 1975. Toreador will be the operator for the three wells. If successful, the wells in the Akcakoca trend will be put on production in the second phase of development which is scheduled for completion during the first half of 2007.
In Toreador's Thrace Black Sea permits, preliminary geological and geophysical work has been completed and the company is planning an approximately 1,000-kilometer 2D seismic program beginning in September. The program will delineate prospects for a drilling program that is expected to commence in 2007. The Thrace Black Sea permits encompass seven blocks totaling approximately 800,000 acres in Turkish coastal waters starting at the Bulgarian border and continuing past the Bosporus. Toreador has a 50% interest in the permits and is the operator. HEMA, a Turkish industrial conglomerate, will earn the remaining 50% interest in the permits by paying for the first $1.5 million in exploration expenditures.
Toreador Resources Corp. is an independent international energy company engaged in the acquisition, development, exploration. and production of natural gas, crude oil and other income-producing minerals. The company holds interests in developed and undeveloped oil and gas properties in France, Hungary, Romania, and Turkey. In the United States, Toreador primarily owns working interests in five states.
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